So yesterday we decided to head to the park and experience World of Color for ourselves.
Thankfully, on Thursday of last week the Picnic packages went on sale and we bought one for our family of 4. But since we were at the park early yesterday, we decided to "Double-Up" on our Fastpasses to make sure we got one of the good sections, or passes for the 2nd show since the Picnic covered the first show.
Showing up near Soarin' at 9:20am, this is the view I was greeted with.
The line actually moved pretty quickly, but boy was it long. Yes, that's the line going over the bridge past the FP machines.
The line went all the way behind Grizzly
This is where it turned around to go back to the FP machines.
By the time I got my passes, the line extended all the way from Sunshine plaza. The fastpass plan they have in place works VERY well though. The CM's take your passes and put them into the machines for you which solves the problem of guests who don't know how to use the machines holding up the line.
Of course, there are always those who are going to try and get away with something. Some guy in front of me was trying to get 8 passes for people who weren't even in the park. Now anybody who has been to the park (and I'm assuming this guy knows the rules as he was an AP) knows that you can't get a FP for anybody who hasn't used the pass for entrance. Same applies to these so PLEASE don't try and get away with anything, and PLEASE don't yell at the CM's when they can't give you 8 passes for a very popular show that has only been open for 2 days. I thought both CM's who were dealing with this guy handled it VERY well.
Once FP's were done gotten, headed over the Hollywood where the rest of the family had been enjoying some time in the Animation building. As always, I was Jiminy Cricket.
We then headed over to Disneyland, rode Big Thunder, met up with Aashee, rode Mansion, got Splash FP's and then headed to the noon meet. It was a rather small meet and that was just fine.
After the meet, we all decided to have lunch at Plaza Inn, the Cobb Salad was especially tasty yesterday.
Then our group headed over to Jungle Cruise.
My two girls.
Got their trunks on
Backside of water
We actually had a pretty decent skipper which was nice.
We then headed for Columbia, but they were having some technical difficulties. Still haven't been on the river since it reopened.
The boys were being patient
We then went to use our Splash FP's, didn't get too wet.
Interesting picture though. Aashee's head with my body. Not a pretty combination.
Then headed to DCA to check out the new swings.
I was very impressed with the changes. The loading is a bit slower now due to the double-swings and the younger kids riding but it opens it up to more people so it's a good thing. The cycle also could have been a little longer IMO. But that's just me.
Then headed to the Cove bar for a drink while the boys rode Screamin'.
After a nice re-charge I headed to the car to get the kids Nintendo DS's for the World of Color wait and the rest of the group headed back to Animation.
I grabbed some Grizzly FP's on the way out which we used upon my return. The boys got a bit wet.
So at this point it was about 6:00 and we decided to head over and pick up our Picnic. They have it set up in the wine bar area where they used to do the Receptions for Food and Wine. For the most part the set-up is really well done, although I think they need to have separate lines for people who have pre-paid and those that are trying to buy packages. And there WERE packages available for purchase yesterday as late as 6:30 (that I saw). Just FYI.
The Mediterranean Picnic
The All American
Overall, we were all VERY impressed with the picnic and the value for what you get. You also can upgrade your meal to wine or beer for a small charge, so that was nice.
I do have 1 suggestion though, the cole-slaw and potato salad on the all american are VERY onion'y and since most "older" kids will probably be getting the chicken (like mine) they probably won't be eating them. Maybe an option to substitute a side for a bag of chips or something could be a good thing?
Other than that though, the food was VERY good and we will definitely be using the Picnic again when we go in 2 weeks.
After our picnic we headed over to the viewing area which opened about 7pm (even though the FP's say 7:30.
This was our view for the show.
They also did a little "interesting" show before the show. It was kind of campy, but it helps to pass the time.
WAY too much energy.
The characters were really cool though.
And then of course, there was the show.
Didn't take any pictures because I wanted to enjoy the show, plus there are SO many pictures out there already.
The show itself ... AMAZING. I'm thinking that some of my expectations were lowered because of some reviews I had heard, but I absolutely LOVED it. I got chills a couple of times and teared up during the UP scene. That music does it to me every time. I can't help it. In our group of 7 there wasn't one of us who wasn't blown away. It was REALLY good and Disney has done a great job on this show. Sure, there are always a couple of minor things, but overall the show is an A+.
After the show the crowd control wasn't TOO bad ... but they could re-open the old Paradise Pier exit (is it even still there?) to alleviate some of the crowd control going through the park. From there it wouldn't be that bad of a walk to the structures. Just sayin'.
The other thing that was MOST impressive was that they didn't stuff everybody into the sections like sardines. There was actually room to breathe and stretch out when you need to. That was VERY nice compared to the way they pack you in for Fantasmic!. Kudos to Disney on making it a very pleasant viewing experience!!!
Checked out Glow Fest on the way out. Maybe it would be better if you were drunk?
I heard on Saturday there weren't many people here, but last night it was pretty crowded.
Overall, a great day at the parks, a great show and spending time with great friends. Can't get much better than that!!!